The Dark Side of NCAA Recruiting Rules: Unofficial Visits

Cody Lonning Editorials 13 Comments

Willie Taggart and Company’s recruiting success is impressive by any measure. But once you understand how the NCAA stacks the deck, Oregon’s 2018 class ranking becomes jaw dropping. One of the reasons we love football so much is that there are clear rules about victory: the team with the most points wins. But even in athletic competition, the means of …

Defensive Big Birds Fill Out Oregon’s 2015 Recruiting Class

Jordan Ingram FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 6 Comments

The myth that Oregon is small and can’t hang with the “big boys” is so tired, it needs a dirt nap. Throughout the 2014 season, the Ducks stood toe-to-toe with elite teams from across the country and were nearly perfect in the win column, producing a magical year that earned them a Rose Bowl victory, a Heisman trophy winner, and a second place …

Bosa’s Hit Sprained Mariota Shoulder

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For Duck fans, the College Football Playoff National Championship game was painful to watch. For Oregon’s Heisman winning quarterback and projected top NFL Draft pick Marcus Mariota, the pain was real. Mariota suffered a sprained shoulder after being driven into the ground unnecessarily by Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa. The injury may keep Mariota from participating in the NFL combine, according to …

Oregon Football Still on the Rise

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The Ducks’ 42-20 loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes in the College Football Playoff National Championship game had many people shaking their heads in disbelief. It seemed Oregon was finally positioned to claim its first college football national championship. The Ducks had everything a championship team needs to win: a dedicated and innovative coaching staff, a Heisman winning quarterback, a solid running game, a …

Kiss of Death: Oregon Never Got Rolling

Nik Brownlee FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 2 Comments

Well, it’s over. College football came to an end last night; the Ducks lost 42-20 to Ohio State in the national championship. I’m sad, and you’re probably sad, because losses are hard to take, especially when you lose the last game of the season. But, things will be okay. I promise. The Ducks came out and looked good right off …

Meyer: Great Respect for Oregon, but OSU Defense Won the Game

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FishDuck.com editor Natalie Liebhaber reports from the National Championship game in Arlington, TX. Urban Meyer beamed with pride as he took his seat at the post-game press conference after his Ohio State Buckeyes left the field at AT&T Stadium as the inaugural College Football Playoff National Champions. Meyer expressed his respect for his opponent, our Oregon Ducks, over and over throughout …

Oregon Solidifies its Identity

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The Spread-Option offense is a mix-up of a hundred years of football knowledge and tactics, a combination of the antiquated Triple-Option employed by Navy and Notre Dame, the run-heavy offenses of Vince Lombardi and Woody Hayes (Ohio State), and the Run and Shoot variations of Harvey N. “Rusty” Russell, Glenn “Tiger” Ellison, and Darrell “Mouse” Davis (Portland State). Since then, these offensive schemes have been expanded, mutated, …

Motivation Is Key for the Ducks

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It’s finally here fellow Duck fans, the college football playoff national championship game is today. Oregon vs Ohio State. Ducks vs Bucks. Modern vs traditional. However you choose to swing it, this game is going to be epic. As of right now, Oregon comes into the game as 5-point favorites. But according to ESPN’s college football twitter account, that might …

Meyer and Helfrich Ready to Make College Football History

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Jordan Ingram reporting for FishDuck.com on today’s head coach news conference in Dallas, TX. One more day and history will be made. Tomorrow is the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship presented by AT&T, a national championship that has historical significance for not only Oregon and Ohio State, two schools that share an interesting past, but also for the sport of college football. Oregon head coach Mark …

Oregon Has Multi-Purpose Receiving Corps

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The Ducks are only a couple days away from their date with Ohio State for the College Football Playoff National Championship game on Jan. 12. The Ducks arrived in Dallas without the talents of wide receiver Darren Carrington II who will miss the rest of the post-season for the Ducks due to NCAA violations. And while the the players and fans will miss Carrington, the Oregon receiving …

An Analysis of the Resilient Buckeyes

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Thank god for the College Football Playoff. The Ducks would have been left out of the national championship if the BCS system was still being used; the same goes for Ohio State. In the first year of the playoff, it has already been proven that the BCS was a faulty system. Next thing you know, the playoff is going to …

Oregon Ducks vs. Ohio State: An Historic National Championship

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The College Football Playoff has seen an Oregon football program peaking at just the right time. The Ducks cruised to a 59-20 victory in the Rose Bowl, employing their famous uptempo offense to burn out the Florida State defenders and their oppressive defense to pressure quarterback Jameis Winston, generating fumbles, turnovers, broken plays, and disrupting just about every aspect of the Seminoles’ game-plan. …